Severe Weather Notification
In cases where the Vice President for Student Life decides to cancel classes because of severe weather, University Communication and Marketing will alert the campus via a Hawk Alert (including text and voice phone messages), a campus-wide mass email, and postings to the UI homepage, Iowa Now website, Emergency Information website and university Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Event Delays and Cancellations
No event cancellations have been reported. To report a canceled event call 319/335-0557 or write to email@example.com.
Weather and Road Conditions
Severe Weather Policy
Whenever possible, the University continues to function during inclement weather. Regularly scheduled classes meet to the extent that students and faculty are able to travel to campus and attend classes. Individuals should use good judgment and avoid serious risks in traveling to campus or in attending classes. Link to full policy.
Area School Closings and Cancellations
Check for up-to-date area school closings, delays, and area event cancellations:
- KCRG's list of delays and closings
- KGAN's list of delays and closings
- KWWL's list of delays and closings
- KWQC's list of delays and closing
Parked on the street? Check the Iowa City Snow Emergency rules
Cars parked on Iowa City streets may need to be moved after a snow storm in order to allow the snow plows to clear the streets. Read about Iowa City Snow Emergency rules.
Make Life Easier—Ride the Bus
When the weather's bad, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by taking the bus. Bongo, the new UI GPS-based, real-time passenger information system means you don't have to stand out in the cold. Check online or on your phone to see where your bus is now and find out when it will be at your stop. Bongo provides information for Iowa City, Coralville and the University of Iowa buses.
Need a jump-start?
The University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Department is offering to jump-start vehicle batteries for employees, students and visitors parked on the UI's main campus.
The service is offered on an as-available basis from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The service is not offered on university holidays.
To request service, call 319-335-8312. A dispatcher will gather contact information and other details and provide an estimated arrival time. To help service providers spot the vehicle, callers should raise the hood and wait in or near their vehicle.
Parking and Transportation Department staff cannot provide mechanical assistance or advice. If a vehicle will not start after getting a jump, the driver will be encouraged to contact a professional service provider.
Crews begin shoveling snow at 5 a.m. or earlier, with the goal of having most of the snow cleared from campus streets, sidewalks, steps, and other areas (including Oakdale) by 7:30 a.m. Plows head onto campus from the Madison Street shop and move outward through their routes.
Who to Call
If you have concerns about unsafe conditions or snow removal in a specific area, call one of the numbers below:
- To report a problem in a parking lot, call Parking and Transportation at 335-8312.
- For all other areas, call Facilities Management Work Control Center at 335-5071.